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ACD honors Dr. Dugoni, others

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Honored: Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, right, receives a 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. Max A. Martin, past president of the American College of Dentists.

The American College of Dentists honored several members with its lifetime achievement award Friday in a ceremony held at the Rosen Centre Hotel.

Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, past ADA president and ADA Foundation president, was among the 11 ACD fellows recognized for 50 or more years of membership. The award was supported by the Dr. Samuel D. Harris Fund of the ACD Foundation.

Other recipients were Drs. Melvin H. Amler, William A. Johnson, Paul W. Kunkel Jr., Eugene S. Merchant, Leonard R. Moore, Julius N. Obin, Lyle E. Ostlund, Louis G. Terkla and John A. Watson. Dr. John G. Whinery was honored posthumously.

Founded in 1920, the American College of Dentists is the oldest national honorary organization for dentists. This year the college bestowed fellowships on 302 dentists.

“You were invited to join because you’re a leader who made significant contributions to dentistry,” said Dr. Stephen A. Ralls, ACD executive director.

Dr. Max A. Martin, past ACD president, presented Dr. Dugoni with the award. Dr. Dugoni was the only recipient to receive the award in person. Dr. Martin praised him for his “distinguished service to the college.”

Dr. Dugoni, dean emeritus of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, has been an ACD fellow for more than 60 years.

As Dr. Dugoni made his way to the podium, the packed ballroom stood to applaud him.

“I want to congratulate all the 2010 fellows,” he said. “Your life will never be the same. It’s a wonderful opportunity to lead, and I am grateful for this award."

Dr. Dugoni went on to quote Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese-born American writer who once said, “ ‘To be able to look back upon one's life in satisfaction is to live twice.’

“I look back and I’m 170 years old,” said Dr. Dugoni, prompting chuckles from the audience.